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By Allan Stein
GateHouse News Service
Posted Nov 18, 2008 @ 06:33 AM


Police in Stoughton arrested two men on heroin possession charges after a traffic stop on Route 24.
Joe J. Derat, 20, of 183 Cabot St., Roxbury, and Marvin Antoine, 22, of 883 Main St., Walpole, were charged with possession of a Class A substance, heroin, with intent to distribute, carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana.
Derat, the driver, also was charged with failure to stop for police and failure to use a turn signal, police said.
Stoughton police Executive Officer Robert Devine said Sgt. John Bonney was working a traffic detail at IKEA on Saturday when he noticed the two men in a vehicle believed by detectives to have been used in drug transactions.
Bonney followed the car as it headed toward Avon on Central Street. The driver made an illegal lane change and Bonney tried to stop it.
Devine said the car sped away south on Route 24 with Bonney in pursuit from Exit 19 in Stoughton to Exit 18 in Brockton. A box truck driver saw the chase and helped Bonney block the vehicle.
At gunpoint, police ordered the men out of the car, then noticed a bag of marijuana wedged between the driver's door and seat, police said. Police said they found 30 small bags of heroin inside the car along with a loaded .32-caliber revolver.
Devine said the heroin weighed 13 grams, one gram shy of a more serious heroin trafficking charge.
"That was not by accident. A lot of small level dealers will do that," he said.
The combined street value of the heroin and marijuana was $1,550, Devine said.
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